South Africa: 51-Year-Old Rape Accused Sentenced for the Rape and Kidnapping of Two Young Girls, New Brighton

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Mlungiseleli Patrick Tyane, 51, was sentenced to two life sentences for the rape of two girls aged five (5) and six (6), 10 years on each count of kidnapping and 15 years for the attempted murder of one of his victims.

He was convicted in December on charges of kidnapping and rape of the girls, aged five and six at the time, and the attempted murder of one of his victims after Port Elizabeth High Court Judge Irma Schoeman found that the state had proved beyond reasonable doubt that he committed the crimes he was charged with during September 20/21 2017.

Schoeman found no compelling or substantial circumstances to deviate from the prescribed minimum sentences and even increased the sentences for first time offenders accused of kidnapping from 5 to 10 years.

On 21 September 2017, Mlungiseleli Patrick Tyane from New Brighton kidnapped the two little girls aged five and six years old. He took them to his shack where he tied their arms and put a cloth into their mouths after which he raped both of them.

When he was done he untied the six-year-old and took her to the Ford Stadium where he stabbed her multiple times and left her for dead.

The six-year-old was found alive by police and members of the community who were looking for the girls after they were reported missing. Her explanation and horrific account of what happened led police shortly afterwards to the shack where her five-year-old sister was found and rescued, she was found with the suspect in his bed. He was arrested and the High Court case ensued.

The Eastern Cape Provincial Commissioner Lt Gen Liziwe Ntshinga applauded the sentence as well as the expert investigation by the Motherwell Cluster Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences (FCS) Unit. He also added that "This was an incredibly difficult case to investigate with the evidence of two minor girls and no eye witnesses, but today the perpetrator was dealt with by the full force of the Law"

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